May 1960 in Music

Events in Music

  • May 3 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)
  • May 7 "Christine" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • May 7 "Flower Drum Song" closes at St James Theater NYC after 602 performances
  • May 7 "From A to Z" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 21 performances

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May 12 Elvis Presley appears on a Frank Sinatra special

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Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • May 14 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances
  • May 23 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • May 23 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24
  • May 28 "Greenwillow" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • May 29 Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" hits #1

Birthdays in Music

  • May 6 Bart de Boer, Dutch guitarist (Ivy Green)
  • May 6 Larry Steinbachek, rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy)
  • May 6 John Flansburgh, American musician
  • May 6 Phyllis Treigle, American soprano
  • May 7 Adam Bernstein, American music video/television director
  • May 8 Eric Brittingham, American rock bassist (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station), born in Salisbury, Maryland

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May 10 Bono [Paul Hewson], rocker (U2-Joshua Tree), born in Dublin, Ireland

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Rocker
Bono
  • May 14 Anne Clark, English singer
  • May 19 Yazz, [Yasmin Evans], singer (Fine Time), born in London, England
  • May 20 Susan Cowsill, rock vocalist (The Cowsills - We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • May 30 Stephen "Tea Tower" Duffy, rocker (Lilac Time-Paradise Song)

Deaths in Music

  • May 5 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • May 6 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • May 8 Hugo Alfven, Swedish composer (Midsommarvaka), dies at 88
  • May 12 Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies at 70